Dickson uses the Kinetograph to photograph Fred Ott, one of Edison's laboratory workers, standing in front of the camera sneezing. This was not another 'experimental film', but simply a publicity stunt for a New York magazine. The magazine wanted still pictures of a man sneezing to accompany a story. It was catalogued as 'Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze' and has gone down into history as possibly the first 'cult' film.
Ott later identified himself as the world's first "film star". The footage was copyrighted by Dickson and cameraman William Heise (another Edison employee) as a 'photograph' with the Library Of Congress in January 1894 (it was actually a proof sheet containing 45 images).
The film footage originally was five seconds long and was photographed at 16fps on 35mm film stock. The frames are twenty-one in all and have been re-constructed at 12fps for a 2.52 second-long looped animation.